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Posted at 9:20 AM ET, 02/25/2011

Google starts new, streamlined recipe search

By Hayley Tsukayama

Prepping for your Oscar party but not quite sure how to make a certain something? Google has started a new recipe search that it says will bring up only recipes, cutting out other results on such things as the history and definition of your desired dish.

Using the service is easy. Go to Google Recipe View, type in your search term and Google will list recipes for you to peruse. A menu on the left side of the screen lets users filter recipes by ingredient, cooking time and calories.

It's a great idea in theory. But, as The Washington Post's All We Can Eat blog points out, the site is far from perfect. In test runs on Thursday, the blog found that the filters weren't always available. Plus, recipes are sorted by popularity, not quality, which means that you still may have to dig through results to find a really good recipe.

Still, even if it won't make you an instant gourmet chef, the service might be handy for a quick rundown of essential ingredients for a dish.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 25, 2011; 9:20 AM ET
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